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Sublime Sangakkara fuels Sri Lanka's charge

New Zealand was trailing by 113 runs on second day after veteran batsman's masterful double ton took visiting side to 356

Sublime Sangakkara fuels Sri Lanka's charge - Cricket News
Kumar Sangakkara scored 203 - his 11th Test double century - to take Sri Lanka to 356 and a lead of 135 runs.
To go from 78 for 5 to 356 requires something special. On Sunday (January 4), that 'something special' was Kumar Sangakkara, who stole the show with a brilliant 203 to give Sri Lanka the upper hand on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington. 
 
It was Sangakkara's 10th highest score and his 11th double century, putting him one behind Sir Don Bradman for the most double tons in Test cricket. 

Sri Lanka was bowled out for 356, a 135-run lead, and at stumps in their second innings New Zealand was 22 without loss, still trailing by 113, with Hamish Rutherford on 12 and Tom Latham on 9. 
 
Sangakkara had failed in the first Test in Christchurch and seemed determined to make amends in Wellington. Early on in his innings, he became the fifth player to reach 12,000 Test runs – and the quickest to get there, taking only 224 innings – and batted for nearly seven hours, facing 306 deliveries. 

In the end, it took an excellent catch by Trent Boult, diving high to his left at point, to dismiss Sangakkara after he slashed at Jimmy Neesham. 


 
New Zealand had dominated the first day when 15 wickets fell, but Sangakkara put those thoughts out of his mind when he resumed batting on 33, with Sri Lanka at 78 for 5. Sangakkara kept New Zealand at bay, taking 191 balls to reach his 38th Test century, cutting Mark Craig for three. 
 
With a three off Neesham in the next over, he led Sri Lanka past New Zealand's 221 with four wickets to spare and then upped the tempo as the bowlers flagged in the final session. 
 
When Sri Lanka was ahead after 74 overs, Sangakkara had a century including seven fours to his name. When he departed 28 overs later, he had contributed 103 of the next 134 runs, adding an additional 11 fours and three sixes as he despatched the New Zealand bowlers to all parts of the ground. 
 
Sangakkara was well supported by Dinesh Chandimal, and the two shared a 130-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Chandimal reached 1,000 runs in Tests on his way to 67, his sixth Test half-century, which ended when he edged an attempt to drive a full Neesham delivery and was caught by BJ Watling, the wicketkeeper. 
 
Neesham and Watling came together again to remove Dhammika Prasad to have Sri Lanka 242 for 7. Rangana Herath added 15 before he was caught by Watling off Boult, and in a 67-run ninth wicket stand with Sangakkara, Suranga Lakmal provided a mere 5 runs. The innings ended with Lakmal's stumping to give Watling a hand in five dismissals.
 
For New Zealand, it was a day of toil with Neesham the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 42.

To follow live updates of the second Test test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Wellington, click here
 

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